Body and Society (853L6)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You explore how different societies conceptualise and experience the human body from social-science perspectives.

Interest in the body with respect to power (Foucault, Bourdieu, Clarke), gender (Harraway, Irigay, Butler) and affect (Csordas, Lambek, Gregg, Seigworth) has boomed. 

You study how the body represents a challenge for understanding the changing body-society and body-technology interfaces, for example, electronic tagging, digital employment, and cybridisation, and explore ethnographic and theoretical contributions to this field in a global context.

You consider the body as a site on which social and cultural processes are inscribed, where power relations converge and are articulated, and as a site where agency is performed and articulated by various means.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: